5+ Best Free File Compare and Merge Software List

When your work involves comparison between files and folders, an efficient software becomes a must to assist you to do your work efficiently. Though there are many file compare  and merge software that are commercially available, here we present some neat file comparison and merging software that are comparable to the commercially available ones. These applications not only help in comparing files and folders but also help in merging the changes.


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1. WinMerge

WinMerge is an open source differencing and merging tool for Windows that can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text in a easy to understand format. WinMerge is highly useful for determining what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions.


Download the software here.

WinMerge Download

2. Meld Meld is a open source, visual diff and merge tool for Mac and Linux. You can compare two or three files and edit them in place. The diffs updates dynamically. It also allows comparing two or three folders and launching file comparisons in them. It allows viewing a working copy from version control systems such as CVS,Subversion, Bazaar-ng and Mercurial.


Download the software here.   Meld Download

3. FreeFileSync FreeFileSync is an open surce folder comparison and synchronization tool for Windows. It is structured very clearly with a very impressing and simple user interface.

FreeFileSync Download the software here.

Download FreeFileSync

4. Kompare

Kompare is a open source graphical difference viewer for Linux that allows you to visualize changes to a file. This tool comes handy for developer comparing source code or seeing difference between research paper draft and the final document.


Download the software here.

Download Kompare

5. DiffMerge

DiffMerge is an free (not open source) application to visually compare and merge files for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix.


Download the software here.

Download DifferMerger

6. KDiff3

KDiff3 is a open source file and directory diff and merge tool for Windows, Linux and Mac which compares and merges two or three text input files or directories. It shows the differences line by line and character by character, provides an automatic merge-facility, has an editor for comfortable solving of merge-conflicts.


Download the software here

Download KDiff3

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  1. wwwald says:

    One interesting thing: in your introduction, you show two pictures with differences between them, but none of the programs you mention handles that. Of course, this post is all about text diffs.

    Still, it might be interesting to mention that the diff tools included with TortoiseSVN also include TortoiseIDiff, which can diff images against each other.
    Can come in very handy at times…

    • OpenTube says:

      We didn’t mean to cover apps which can diff images, thanks for mentioning. The image was to represent spot the difference between files and did not intend to represent images

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